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Iraqi Elections Underway

The parliamentary elections in Iraq are taking place today — another major step for the Iraqi people and their government.  But there have been roadblocks.  Reports of violence relating to the elections have been scattered throughout media outlets this week and last.  But Iraqis have ventured out, deciding that boycotting the elections only serves to […]

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Iraqi Parliamentary Elections in March Raise Concerns of Violent Turmoil

With elections to the Iraqi Parliament looming on the horizon (set for March 7, 2010), my next few posts will focus on aspects of political parties, security, terrorism and government responsibility for peacekeeping.  The more we as Americans know about the parties running, what they stand for and the chances that security can ensure a […]

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Blackwater Remains Untouched

The New York Times reported on January 1 that the U.S. has dismissed the criminal charges against Blackwater for opening fire on Iraqi civilians in 2007.  Many Iraqi citizens were angered by the news, with one of the men injured during the gunfight saying that the U.S. is letting criminals go free.  The Federal judge […]

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Roundup: Iraqis to Vote on U.S. Security Pact; Iraqi Gay Men Being Targeted in Attacks; Northern Hostilities Still Going Strong

The latest news in Iraq so far this week: Iraqis will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on how well the U.S. has adhered to its compromise on troop withdrawal.  Reuters reported yesterday that the Iraq Cabinet approved the vote and slated it for January 16, the same time as the Parliamentary vote.  If […]

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Richard J. Schmierer Lectures on Iraq Policy

Richard J. Schmierer Lectures on Iraq Policy

On June 29, the Foreign Policy Assocation hosted U.S. State Department official, Richard J. Schmierer, for their John B. Hurford lecture in New York.  Mr. Schmierer is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and the top State Department official for Iraq policy.  So with no further ado, here’s […]

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U.S. Troops Withdraw from Iraqi Cities

U.S. Troops Withdraw from Iraqi Cities

Iraqis were partying in the streets on Tuesday last week, celebrating the withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Iraqi cities.  As Newsweek reported, U.S. military operations have moved to nonurban areas and “belts” around major cities such as Baghdad, Basra and Mosul.  American troops will still be at the disposal of Iraqi security leaders, preparing to […]

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Obama Visits Iraq

Obama Visits Iraq

Obama surprised the US troops in Iraq this morning with a visit and a speech.  He arrived at Camp Victory this morning, seemingly out of the blue, near the Baghdad International Airport and spoke with top US commander of Iraq, General Raymond Odierno.  He’s also set to meet with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki later today.  […]

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Media Coverage Ban Lifted; War Casualties Photographed

Media Coverage Ban Lifted; War Casualties Photographed

Reuters reported this morning that President Obama has relaxed the Pentagon ban on media coverage of casualties of war returning to the US.  Now, instead of forbidding pictures of returning coffins, the family is allowed to choose whether or not to allow cameras upon arrival.  The ban began in 1991 during the first Gulf War, although […]

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Elections Bring Mixed Results

Elections Bring Mixed Results

Iraqi elections have left many feeling the healing effects of a working democracy, but left others feeling cheated.

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Iraqi Provincial Elections to Take Place Saturday

Iraqi provincial elections will take place tomorrow, serving as a segue into the national elections to be held later this year.  The mainstream media outlets are framing this event as a wonderful change from the last election day, which was riddled with violence.  To a degree, I believe this is true.  But the real challenge […]

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Blackwater Guards Indicted for 2007 Shooting

Blackwater Guards Indicted for 2007 Shooting

In an interesting development this weekend, five Blackwater guards involved in the September 2007 shooting that killed 17 Iraqi civilians are facing charges.  BBC News reports that the men are expected to surrender in Utah, the home state for one guard.  Iraqi officials are happy with the news, and one Iraqi man who lost his […]

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Are We Out? The Status of Forces Agreement and the Future of US-Iraqi Relations

Are We Out?  The Status of Forces Agreement and the Future of US-Iraqi Relations

Sunnis, Shi’a, secular and sectarian citizens alike, Iraqis have been debating the issues that come with US military occupation for years now.  But one week ago, the Iraqi Parliament came together, despite their different beliefs, and passed the Status of Forces Agreement by a vote of 149-35.  There were dissenters, of course; most were Sadr […]

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Another "Bush Blunder" in the Middle East

It's been in the news for a few weeks now, so I’m sure you haven't been able to escape the talk.  For those of you who have been solely focused on the current US political situation, and I don't blame you, I have only one word: Syria.  Last week, thousands of Syrians congregated in Damascus […]

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Spy Game in Baghdad

Spy Game in Baghdad

I meant to write about this right after the news came out but I got sidetracked with the election drama.  In his newest book, “The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008,” Bob Woodward confirms the rumor that the US is spying on Nuri al-Maliki, Iraqi Prime Minister, as well as other top Iraqi […]

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General Petraeus Advocates for 'truth', States 'No Victory in Iraq'

General Petraeus Advocates for 'truth', States 'No Victory in Iraq'

In an interview with BBC, General Petraeus, the outgoing commander of US troops in Iraq, states that he probably will not ever use the word ‘victory’ in discussions about Iraq.  Further (and this is what I like about our military leaders), he argues that honesty is the best policy when it comes to reports about […]

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About the Author

Jennifer Bushaw

Jennifer Bushaw holds an MA from the University of Chicago in Middle Eastern Studies with an emphasis on policy. She focused her research, including her Thesis, on modern Iraq and the Iraq war. She also has a Bachelor's in History from the University of Michigan. Jennifer is currently working as an Investigative Research Associate for a security advisory and management firm in Chicago, Illinois.

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Iraq-US Policy; Security; Coalition Operations;

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